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Linguistics Scholars Worldwide Collaborate to Release an Analysis of President Trump’s Behavior Titled, “Language in the Trump Era: Scandals and Emergencies”

LOS ANGELES / AGILITYPR.NEWS / September 03, 2020 / Linguistics Scholars from Higher Education Institutions Worldwide Come Together to Release “Language in the Trump Era: Scandals and Emergencies” 

The Book is a Compilation Analyzing Donald Trump’s Language Behavior Using Linguistic Theory

Today is the official release of “Language in the Trump Era: Scandals and Emergencies,” a compilation of scientific analysis focusing on President Donald Trump’s language behavior written by language scholars from higher education institutions Worldwide including Dr. Norma Mendoza-Denton, Anthropology Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles and Dr. Janet McIntosh, Professor of Anthropology at Brandeis University as lead editors.

“Other books have been written as first-person accounts by Donald Trump’s associates, politicians, pundits, or even estranged family members or former friends recounting their experiences with Trump and speculating on his motives,” said Norma Mendoza-Denton, Ph.D. co-lead editor. “The unique vantage point of this book is that it is a collection of language scholars analyzing different examples of what Trump says and how he says it. We are not pundits but scientists who take what Trump says as data.”

Examples of chapters include:

  • Introduction: A Linguistic Emergency 'Ask the Gays': How to Use Language to Fragment and Redefine the Public Sphere
  • The Significance of Trump's Incoherence, “Get 'Em Out!”
  • The Meaning of Ejecting Protestors
  • Banter, Male Bonding, and the Language of Donald Trump
  • 'Cocked and Loaded': Trump and the Gendered Discourse of National Security. 

“Language in the Trump Era: Scandals and Emergencies,” is being published by Cambridge University Press. The book will be available in paperback, hardback, eBook, and as a textbook with examination copies being available. It can be purchased wherever books are sold including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, etc. 

The anthology provides readers with sufficient facts to make up their own minds and provides examples of President Donald Trump's verbal engagements with other nations, highlighting the international impact of his use of language. The professors who are analyzing Trump’s behavior use expertly chosen examples of his speech to introduce linguistic theory, making it accessible for readers with no background in linguistics.

Early in his campaign, President Donald Trump boasted that “I know words. I have the best words,” yet despite these assurances, his speech style has sown conflict even as it has powered his meteoric rise. If the Trump era feels like a political crisis to many, it is also a linguistic one. Trump has repeatedly alarmed people around the world while exciting his fan-base with his unprecedented rhetorical style, shock-tweeting, and weaponized words. Using many detailed examples, this fascinating and highly topical book reveals how Trump's rallying cries, boasts, accusations, and mockery enlist many of his supporters into his alternate reality. From Trump's relationship to the truth to his use of gesture to the anti-immigrant tenor of his language, it illuminates the less obvious mechanisms by which language in the Trump era has widened divisions along lines of class, gender, race, international relations, and even the sense of truth itself.

For a full list of the book’s scholars who contributed visit: tinyurl.com/LanguageInTrumpEraScholars




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